‘Interview with the Vampire’ Advance Review

Sam Reid as Lestat Du Lioncourt and Jacob Anderson as Louis De Pointe Du Lac - Interview with the Vampire _ Season 1, First Look - Photo Credit: Michele K. Short/AMC
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  1. Gigi Leon says:

    Doesn’t make too much sense though. Like you have an African-American dude in the early 19 century New Orleans. Although not totally far-fetched but very close to it. Especially during that time which is about a couple of decades after the American Civil War. Although they try to make it authentic as possible they’re kind of urging away from rices depictions just to appease todays diverse culture not to hurt feelings in this “how about me how about” blaxploited Hollywood. From new frontier outlaws who are African-American to all century New Orleans dwellers such as Louis who was a French New Orleans citizen is now an African-American or whomever the person is as well as the little girl played by I don’t know who some black woman just doesn’t make any sense at all it’s not realistic. That’s the whole thing about this movie that made it such a great one back in the day, was its realism. Why mix cultures in mixed races in these shows want to make everyone happy and satisfied doesn’t mean nothing. I am not coming from a Racist standpoint at all I think everyone should be treated equally because we are all equal in gods eyes and we’ll always be equal in God‘s eyes. But damn can we at least stick with the novels true sense? Just like how house of the dragon is doing people are gonna say this stuff, but the views will
    Reflect it in the long run. It’s ok To have an all white cast during a depiction of a dominantly white point in time. Just like it would be for a black dominant movie depiction. When we start doing this it just looks pathetic and looks unrealistic and looks like the creators of trying way too hard to appease everybody and to embed themselves in the “me too how about me” time. Stick with the story no matter how non-diverse it is. Just stick with the real novel the real characters don’t change the color of their skin their culture and the whole way of things. Just because you used Louis as a black man, who is actually a terrific actor and did awesome in Game of Thrones I will never take that away from this gentleman he is great, but putting him in this adaptation he kind of had a mess with racist storyline. Which I’m pretty sure every article I read had the original point in time incorrect. I seen things from the early 1900s to late 1800s etc.. First off, the original movie “interview with the vampire“, took place in 1700s New Orleans post revolutionary war era. You see Louis move through time showing different centuries, one in the 1800s one in the early 1900s World War II setting and then one in its current state where Christian Slater is interviewing him which is at that point of the movie I believe the 20th century. Let’s stick with the timelines and the people in those timelines not try to mix things up. Very rarely in this depiction with Louis be a black man I’m sorry as well as the girl. Kirsten Dunst played one Hell of a role in that movie and you can chest stick any no-name person in that part just because she has a new different skin color etc. that the masses will approve of. I just think it’s funny how Time to changing and people are just me too me too

    1. Shana says:

      I believe this is a “ma’am, this is a Wendy’s” moment. And, frankly, that’s probably where I should end that. But. Well.

      You picked the wrong expert to bring your racist comment to. I don’t really have time for this, but I’m going to make it.

      First off: The television series is not set in the early 19th Century. It’s the early 1900s, which is the early TWENTIETH Century. Next, Black people existed, in both time periods, in America. They were kind of…stolen from their homes and dragged over here. Glad you got that history lesson!

      “…a couple decades after the American Civil War” was neither the original time period (“…and the year was seventeen ninety-one” is on page 5 of the Ballantine paperback edition of the book). So, all your talk of what the historical period was, which you’re trying to educate me — someone who literally sprinkled quotes from the text into her advance review — on can stop right there. The television series itself is also not “a couple decades” after the war in question, as “a couple” means “two,” which would put the series in the 1880s.

      …it is not.

      You’re worried about “realistic” in a story about VAMPIRES, which DO NOT EXIST. But let’s take a pause here. You don’t think the current time frame for the series — again early 1900s — would have a free Black man, owning businesses? Again, please pick up a history book. Do some research on the Free People of Color in New Orleans and also on Storyville, where the adaptation is set, specifically. Then, get back to me.

      “…little girl played by I don’t know who some black woman…” Please 1) learn punctuation, and 2) read the review before commenting on it, as I used the name of “some black woman” (Bailey Bass) in the post. And you didn’t seem to have a problem with knowing Kirsten Dunst’s name. Oddly enough, you don’t seem to have a problem than Dunst was technically too old for the role of Claudia in the 1993 film either. She was literally twice the character on the page’s age, but I don’t see you whining about that. Can’t qWHITE fathom why that is.

      “I am not coming from a Racist standpoint…” But you use phrases like “some black woman,” are offended that VAMPIRES who are Black aren’t realistic, talk about “blaxploited Hollywood,” and “people are just me too me too.” You also seem to be fine with all-white or all-Black (so, segregated) series, claiming that those are more realistic (???). And yet, you’re really super triggered by casting that actually reflects the fact that both races exist, at the same time, in the same places! Perhaps you need a dictionary for what “racist” actually means? Certainly, just so you know…that’s not typically a proper noun, but considering how hardcore you are with your racism, we’ll go with it. Yes, you are coming from “a Racist standpoint,” with a capital R.

      You’re also worried so much about adhering to the text but…are talking about an “early 1900s World War II setting.” Please point to me which page of the book, which I have in front of me for all reviews and currently have in front of me as I’m typing this reply, mentions World War II. Perhaps you are referring to the very brief reference to that time period in the film, which…is not the book? You don’t seem to be upset, for example, that the film took out Louis’ brother and replaced him with a dead wife and child. What about the part, at the end of the film, where Lestat attacks the boy in his car…Yet the actual text merely ends with the boy mentioning Lestat’s address in the Garden District. The film made many changes, but you seem to think it’s canon and want to hold it up as more “realistic” than this television series. When, again, both are about VAMPIRES. Why is that?

      Case in point: You also don’t seem to be concerned that Antonio Banderas played Armand in the film, even though he was 33 at the time, and Armand was turned into a vampire when he was barely an adult. He as also frequently described as looking like “one of Botticelli’s angels,” with auburn hair, and was from Kiev Rus. His apparent youth, with his centuries of wisdom and coldness behind it, was what made him so terrifying…Yet, again, you don’t seem to be concerned about the jet black wig, setting off the overly-aged, completely falsely characterized version of him in the film. I’m going to go with…because you didn’t know any of that. And because nobody dared to cast — GASP! — a single Black person in that film as anything other than a slave.

      …which, oddly enough, you made the error of mentioning “Louis as a black man, who is actually a terrific actor and did awesome in Game of Thrones I will never take that away from this gentleman he is great” here. So, to be clear: You can name Kirsten Dunst, but even when “he is great,” you can not bother to come up with a name for “this gentleman”? Hm. Can’t qQWHITE figure out why, especially when — exactly like Bass — I’ve mentioned Jacob Anderson BY NAME in this review that you took your precious, racist time to comment on. Weird that you’re fine with Anderson being “realistic” in your dragon show but not here. (Which, again, sweetheart…Dragons aren’t real. Neither are vampires. Still.) I guess it’s ok to keep Black actors in their “place” as slaves, eh?

      Please learn punctuation of things like compound sentences and parentheticals before you return. Those massive run-ons really don’t help whatever argument you think you’re trying to make. Also, again, please learn about proper capitalization, as “Time” has no need to be capitalized here either. And, if you’re asking a question, which several of your whiny run-ons do, please end it with a question mark.

      Once you have studied the Free People of Color in New Orleans, brought me specific quotes and references from the text, and even have bothered to check in on what Mrs. Rice (may her memory be a blessing) had to say about the series before her death, please feel free to come have an intelligent conversation. Not sure that is possible, actually, but I’m open to it. There are some very fascinating changes, good and bad, coming up. I’d love to hear intelligent, well-written, and anti-racist takes on those.

      But, again, I don’t see that happening here.

      Have a lovely day. I’m sure you’ll enjoy refusing to educate yourself, and doing so much mental gymnastics to show how “not a Racist standpoint” your argument is that you forget both basic language skills and the story you’re trying to be a purist about.

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